"The Life Ahead" is a 2020 Italian drama film directed by Edoardo Ponti.
The starring cast includes Sophia Loren as Madame Rosa, Ibrahima Gueye as Momo, Renato Carpentieri as Dr. Coen, Abril Zamora as Lola, Babak Karimi as Hamil, Massimiliano Rossi as Spacciatore, Iosif Diego Pirvu as Iosif, Malich Cissé as Nala, Vittoria Loiacono as Donna Ospedale, Cesare Pastanella as Musicista and others.

Here are "The Life Ahead" movie trailer, plot summary, full cast and characters, release date, streaming services and everything we know so far.


Is there a trailer for The Life Ahead movie?

Netflix on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 released the trailer for "The Life Ahead" you can watch here:
The Life Ahead | Official Trailer | Netflix.

Plot summary

What is The Life Ahead movie plot?

Here is a short review of "The Life Ahead" movie plot summary.

Madam Rosa is a former prostitute and Jewish Holocaust survivor who provides a home in her apartment for the children of other "working women" in the port city of Bari, Apulia, Italy. After Momo (Ibrahima Gueye), a 12-year old orphaned Senegalese immigrant child, robs her, Dr. Cohen, the boy's foster father, who also happens to be Rosa's doctor, brings her stolen items back and makes the boy apologize. Cohen offers Rosa money to take in the boy and look after him for a couple of months, and she reluctantly agrees.
Momo, who has been kicked out of school for stabbing a bully with a pencil, secretly sells drugs for a dealer in Bari, but Rosa also finds him work with Hamil (Babak Karimi), a kind Muslim shopkeeper. All of these adults try to guide the boy. Rosa's neighbor and friend, a prostitute named Lola (Abril Zamora) whose daughter Rosa looks after, helps Rosa as she begins to decline mentally. At times she is lucid while at others she is catatonic.
Rosa and Momo develop a deep bond after he becomes her only ward. He quits selling drugs. She asks him to promise to keep her out of the hospital, and he agrees, but she is finally taken there after a particularly bad episode. Momo sneaks her out of the hospital at night and hides her in a basement room of her apartment building where she feels safe. After Rosa dies, Lola finally discovers their secret. The film ends with Rosa's funeral.


Who plays who in the The Life Ahead movie cast?

Here is the full cast and characters of "The Life Ahead" movie. Actors and actresses are sorted mostly in credits order.

Sophia Loren  as Madame Rosa
Ibrahima Gueye  as Momo
Renato Carpentieri  as Dr. Coen
Abril Zamora  as Lola
Babak Karimi  as Hamil
Massimiliano Rossi  as Spacciatore
Iosif Diego Pirvu  as Iosif
Malich Cissé  as Nala
Vittoria Loiacono  as Donna Ospedale
Cesare Pastanella  as Musicista
Costanta Fana Pirvu  as Madre di Iosif
Rav Mario Sonnino  as Rabbino
Simone Surico  as Babu
Nicola Valenzano  as Molinari
Francesco Cassano  as Carabiniere

Release date

When is The Life Ahead movie release date?

"The Life Ahead" movie release date was scheduled to be on November 6, 2020 (United States) and on November 13, 2020 (Italy) distributing by Netflix.


What are The Life Ahead filming details?

The duration of the film is 95 minutes.

"The Life Ahead" movie is rated "PG-13", according to the MPAA film rating system.

Principal photography began in July 2019 in Bari, Italy.


What are critics and audiences saying about The Life Ahead movie?

"The Life Ahead" movie got high rating from critics. IMDB rating is 6.8/10. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 92/100.

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